When I was growing up the world viewed beauty as primarily a feature of the young. With few exceptions the most attractive moms were in their 20’s or early 30’s. By the time you were in your 40’s you were “old.” But thankfully the world has changed dramatically since that time. Now, the most appealing moms are in their 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s. So what has happened in the last decade? Middle-aged moms decided they didn’t want to grow old gracefully and the pharmaceutical companies obliged. With just a little money and a little time you can turn back the hands of time.
First, the basics. The sun is your enemy; the use of a sunscreen greater than 15 is required everyday! To combat sun damage, I am a big proponent of tretinoin (Retin-A®). Tretinoin does many things: increases cell turnover (helps with acne), suppresses melanocytes (evens skin discoloration), increases elastin (reduces wrinkles), thickens skin (skin thins as we age). Although it will initially cause skin redness and flaking, this will resolve in just a few weeks. Second, a good skin care line, such as Obagi® adds cosmeceuticals that are beneficial.
Next, Botox Cosmetic® is essential to address forehead, glabellar (between the eyes), and periorbital (skin around the eyes) wrinkles. It is essential that you see as a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for this. Although other physicians inject Botox, I don’t believe most truly have an appreciation for anatomy or the artistry needed for Botox.
Finally, with only a modest amount of money dermal fillers can do wonders. These fillers such as Restylane®, Perlane®, Juvederm® and Radiesse® can soften folds and deeper wrinkles. The social downtime for fillers is only a few hours but the results can be astounding.
Plastic surgeries for facial rejuvenation are very powerful. But if you’re looking for a more economically friendly alternative for facial rejuvenation, try these simple approaches first.
The techniques and procedures mentioned above only address the face and skin. The popular mommy makeover procedure involves the contouring the entire body. Contact our office at 703.752.6608 to discuss your full non-surgical and surgical mommy makeover options.